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From: Phil Clapham (
Date: Mon Sep 29 2003 - 20:40:47 EDT

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    Protecting whales is important because many species were hunted down to
    very low levels, some to the brink of extinction. Nowadays some of these
    whales are coming back (e.g. humpbacks) while others are not (e.g. North
    Atlantic right whales). So it's important to protect them to give them a
    chance to recover their numbers.

    In terms of over-fishing (do you mean of whales?), the whaling industry
    can't really be trusted not to cheat, so it's important to have strong
    protection in place.

    The worst type of pollution... hmm, don't know. Depends on your
    perspective. Oil spills kill lots of animals. Other pollutants like PCBs
    go into the animal through its food and can affect reproduction or the
    immune system. But the effects of pollutants on marine mammals like
    whales aren't well-studied, so we don't really understand a lot about
    their impact.

    Phil Clapham

    Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D.
    Large Whale Biology Program
    Northeast Fisheries Science Center
    166 Water Street
    Woods Hole, MA 02543

    Tel (508) 495-2316 Fax (508) 495-2066

    > Hello, > I have a few questions for you. Why is it important to protect > whales > and other animals from over-fishing. Also, why is it important to > protect our oceans and what is the worst type of pollution? > > From > Science Wiz

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